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Signs of Furnace Problems

Winter is here, and although we may not get as bitterly cold weather as the Midwest or the East Coast, our weather is nothing to scoff at during this season. As such, it’s imperative that you have a fully functional heater to help you and your family stay warm.

When something goes awry with your heater, it can certainly send you into a frenzy. Preventing emergencies like this begins with staying on top of heater maintenance—these should be scheduled once a year for standard systems and twice a year for heat pumps. However, even a system that is well maintained may eventually need a repair. How do you know, however, when it’s time?

Cold Air Is Coming from Your Furnace

If you utilize a furnace or some other type of forced air heating system, to discover that the air coming from it is cold, then you might have a pretty big problem on your hands. Or, it could be a thermostat error. Check that your thermostat is set to your desired temperature, and that it’s actually set to heating mode (especially if you have a heat pump).

If you do not have a thermostat problem but are still getting cold air, then you probably have leaky ductwork or a faulty burner. It’s imperative that you contact a professional immediately to avoid further damages to your heater.

Your Heater Short-Cycles

Short-cycling is a process in which the heating system turns on and off rapidly. While this may not sound detrimental, it’s actually quite damaging to your heating system, because it’s making the system work harder than it would normally need to.

Unfortunately, if this has always been the case for your heater, then it was never properly sized for your living space and needs to be replaced. Otherwise, it may be a problem with a dirty air filter or a faulty flame sensor or thermocouple.

To schedule furnace repairs in Seattle, WA, contact Sound Heating. 

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